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Forum: Touring
06-19-16, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,347
Posted By bullwinkle

If you look at the ACA map sections on their...

If you look at the ACA map sections on their website, they show enough detail that you could make your own guides using road maps (DeLorme, for instance, or even Google maps). I've done this before...
04-03-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,454
Posted By bullwinkle

I spec'd my Mercian (Vincitore Special) with the...

I spec'd my Mercian (Vincitore Special) with the following:
fender eyelets front and rear, with mounting holes under the head tube and rear bridge
rack eyelets/mounting holes on the rear
canti...
02-29-16, 01:15 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 24,310
Posted By bullwinkle

Another vote here for Mercian. One poster...

Another vote here for Mercian. One poster pointed out that they are a brand, as opposed to an individual, but that misses the point that one craftsman builds each bike from beginning to end, so it...
02-03-16, 02:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,716
Posted By bullwinkle

I don't have the image on my laptop, but its' a...

I don't have the image on my laptop, but its' a pic of the bootyful curly-stayed Hetchins hanging on the wall at the Old Spokes Home in Burlington, VT. I think I'd give my eye teeth for that one.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-16, 09:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By bullwinkle

I suggest you take a look at Mercian...

I suggest you take a look at Mercian (merciancycles.co.uk). They have a number of models to choose from, and you can have it custom-built or off-the-rack. You can also choose the steel materials. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-16, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By bullwinkle

I suggest you take a look at Mercian...

I suggest you take a look at Mercian (merciancycles.com). They have a number of models to choose from, and you can have it custom-built or off-the-rack. You can also choose the steel materials. If...
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,321
Posted By bullwinkle

I rode the stretch from Burlington to Montreal...

I rode the stretch from Burlington to Montreal two ro three years ago. I irode up through the Champlain islands, St-Jean sur Richilieu, and Chambly. There is a nice B&B and restaurant that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 22,043
Posted By bullwinkle

Take a trip to Steamboat. MOOTS will fix you up...

Take a trip to Steamboat. MOOTS will fix you up in fine style.
Forum: Touring
11-14-12, 11:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 322
Posted By bullwinkle

Madison WI to South Bend IN - Advice needed

I'm beginning to plan a tour around the perimeter of Lake Michigan next summer. However, I'm struggling with the reach from Madison to South Bend. I know that there is a ferry from Milwaukee to the...
Forum: Touring
10-03-12, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By bullwinkle

Looks like a King of Mercia. I own a Vincitore...

Looks like a King of Mercia. I own a Vincitore Special and am a huge fan of Mercian. Exceptional workmanship and paint jobs, and great folks to work with when having a custom frame fabricated (as I...
09-24-12, 08:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,604
Posted By bullwinkle

Check out Mercian Cycles in Derby, England. They...

Check out Mercian Cycles in Derby, England. They put out some really great steel frames that are alot of bang for your buck. Several of them are also very vintage looking also.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-12, 11:20 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,255
Posted By bullwinkle

Here's second vote for the OP to check out...

Here's second vote for the OP to check out Mercian. I've had mine for five years now and it's become one of my go-to bikes. Mine's pretty heavy as it's built up as a tourer, but it rides like silk.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,249
Posted By bullwinkle

Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South...

Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Colorado, Utah, Washington (state), Oregon, California, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Outside the U.S., only Quebec.
08-16-12, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,414
Posted By bullwinkle

Remarkably similar to a Mercian, built just up...

Remarkably similar to a Mercian, built just up the road from Coventry in Derby.
Forum: Touring
08-04-12, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,598
Posted By bullwinkle

Since you're in Europe, I would suggest...

Since you're in Europe, I would suggest contacting Mercian (www.merciancycles.com) in England. They build custom bikes, but they're steel and generally much cheaper than other custom builders. They...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By bullwinkle

Check out the Adventure Cycling Association. ...

Check out the Adventure Cycling Association. Their Atlantic coast route sounds like it would cover most, if not all, of your route.
Forum: Touring
02-14-12, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,692
Posted By bullwinkle

I rode from Mtl to Quebec last July along the...

I rode from Mtl to Quebec last July along the Chemin du Roy (Rte 138, if I recall correctly) as part of a much longer tour. Shoulders were limited in some places, but I felt comfortable the entire...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-12, 11:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,081
Posted By bullwinkle

Mercian. Check out their web site.

Mercian. Check out their web site.
Forum: Touring
01-23-12, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By bullwinkle

Winds are usually out of the south, so you'll...

Winds are usually out of the south, so you'll have headwinds on way south, and tailwinds on the way back north. Rain and storms are definite possibilities that time of year, so be prepared.

Have...
01-16-12, 11:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,082
Posted By bullwinkle

I had Brooks honey tape on my touring bike when...

I had Brooks honey tape on my touring bike when it was new. It wore well, but the color faded badly after only a year or so. It became more of a tan color than the rich brown.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-11, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,353
Posted By bullwinkle

My British bike (Mercian) does not have tabs and...

My British bike (Mercian) does not have tabs and I've put it on my Yakima rack and driven cross country with it. No problems at all.
Forum: Touring
11-10-11, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By bullwinkle

I don't have a triple, but my touring rig has a...

I don't have a triple, but my touring rig has a Centaur compact (50 x 34) crankset with a 13 x 29 10-speed cassette. The bike, when loaded with my panniers, weighs about 60 lb. I rode it through...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-11, 03:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,075
Posted By bullwinkle

I have three back-ups, regardless of which one...

I have three back-ups, regardless of which one you want to call my main bike:

Moots Vamoots roadie
Mercian Vincitore touring rig
Trek MTB
Schwinn single speed for cruising near campus
10-07-11, 12:56 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 38,284
Posted By bullwinkle

Not really "mass production", but I love my...

Not really "mass production", but I love my Mercian.
09-21-11, 10:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,656
Posted By bullwinkle

That '84 Mercian will build into a really sweet...

That '84 Mercian will build into a really sweet ride. I don't know what you're considering paying for the frame, and I'm not sure how much components will cost to build it up, but I suspect you...
Forum: Touring
09-19-11, 01:38 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 12,895
Posted By bullwinkle

59 cm Mercian frame, fenders, rear rack, lights...

59 cm Mercian frame, fenders, rear rack, lights and SON, and pedals. 29 lb without water bottles or panniers.
Forum: Touring
09-15-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By bullwinkle

Keep your head (and ears) up when in the...

Keep your head (and ears) up when in the vicinities of Tupelo and Jackson. The Trace is used as a major thoroughfare in both of those areas, so there is quite a bit of traffic ignoring the posted...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-11, 02:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,739
Posted By bullwinkle

+1 on the Mercian suggestion. Great bang for the...

+1 on the Mercian suggestion. Great bang for the buck. You can go full custom with them, or buy one off the peg.
Forum: Touring
08-14-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 257
Posted By bullwinkle

Tour journal posted

I posted a link to some pics about 2 weeks ago. If you're interested, the journal can now be viewed at

www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bullwinkle2011

Enjoy!
Forum: Touring
08-04-11, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By bullwinkle

Hey VT_Speed_TR (touring pics link included)

Just a word of thanks for your hospitality when I passed thru Burlington a few weeks ago. It was great to meet you. I also really enjoyed the visit to the Old Spokes Home.

I'm now home safe and...
Forum: Touring
08-04-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By bullwinkle

Thanks for the post. I've been trying to log in...

Thanks for the post. I've been trying to log in all day to update my journal.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-11, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 710
Posted By bullwinkle

Krylions are great tires. I routinely get 3 to...

Krylions are great tires. I routinely get 3 to 4K miles out of a pair of them.
06-23-11, 12:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,989
Posted By bullwinkle

Lemond's are known for having long top tubes. If...

Lemond's are known for having long top tubes. If you do find a 57 you might find that it's too big for you.
Forum: Touring
06-16-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,752
Posted By bullwinkle

I've never done a tour that long but I always...

I've never done a tour that long but I always have some "jitters" before any tour. However, once I force myself to get started, everything works itself out and I have a good time. Just try to relax...
Forum: Touring
06-16-11, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By bullwinkle

Reply message sent to your PM. I'll be in touch...

Reply message sent to your PM. I'll be in touch by phone (I won't be carrying a computer with me) when I get close to Burlington. - rd
Forum: Touring
06-16-11, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By bullwinkle

Great. I'll look forward to it. I don't know if...

Great. I'll look forward to it. I don't know if you want to share personal info (such as email adresses or such) in a public forum, so I would suggest that "you" suggest a meeting place and time...
Forum: Touring
06-16-11, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By bullwinkle

Hey VT_Speed_TR

Thanks for the feedback you provided about the Lake Champlain flooding issues a couple of weeks ago.

The departure date for my tour is getting closer, so I wanted to contact you to see if you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-11, 03:18 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,680
Posted By bullwinkle

Go with Moots.

Go with Moots.
Forum: Touring
05-24-11, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By bullwinkle

Do you mean that you have the contacts on the hub...

Do you mean that you have the contacts on the hub pointed upward? I keep mine pointed downward and have never had a problem.
Forum: Touring
05-20-11, 01:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,197
Posted By bullwinkle

Thx, VT_Speed_TR, I saw the localmotion pages and...

Thx, VT_Speed_TR, I saw the localmotion pages and pix, where they say their ferry service may be postponed for the entire 2011 season. Thus, it doesn't look good at all for riding the railway...
Forum: Touring
05-20-11, 11:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,197
Posted By bullwinkle

Timely thread. I'm also planning to ride up thru...

Timely thread. I'm also planning to ride up thru Burlington and along the islands in mid-July. I've been planning to ride the old rail line (with its short ferry) up to the Alburg area (a B&B...
04-13-11, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,037
Posted By bullwinkle

Peter White has some doodads (I forget what he...

Peter White has some doodads (I forget what he calls them) made of plastic that allow you to mount lights to your fork blades. I run dual Schmidt E6 headlamps on my touring bike using them, and have...
Forum: Touring
03-31-11, 10:16 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,226
Posted By bullwinkle

Driving from her to Albany (NY). Riding a loop...

Driving from her to Albany (NY). Riding a loop from there up to Montreal and Quebec City, and then back south along the Connecticut River before turning back west to Albany. 3 weeks in mid to late...
Forum: Touring
03-29-11, 12:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,301
Posted By bullwinkle

Check out Mercian Cycles in England - I love...

Check out Mercian Cycles in England - I love mine. Check out Bob Jackson Cycles too, also in England.
03-11-11, 01:22 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 15,113
Posted By bullwinkle

Nice bike, and welcome to the Mercian owner's...

Nice bike, and welcome to the Mercian owner's club! I have a Vincitore Special that's only 4 y.o., but the lugs and other features make it look like a C&V bike. It turns heads all the time, and I...
03-09-11, 09:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,048
Posted By bullwinkle

It looks like the tires could use a little air....

It looks like the tires could use a little air. But it's purty.
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By bullwinkle

Pardonne - I'm still working out the exact...

Pardonne - I'm still working out the exact details, but I'm likely following (approximately) the NYDOT route from Albany up to Ticonderoga, crossing by ferry from there into VT, and then following...
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By bullwinkle

Indyfabz: Yes, I'm well aware that the road...

Indyfabz: Yes, I'm well aware that the road surfaces in Quebec can be horrible. I've spent a fair amount of time there (a full summer some time ago, with several other shorter trips). As they say...
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By bullwinkle

Thanks for the quick response. It looks like...

Thanks for the quick response. It looks like I'll probably have some headwinds (at least quartering) from Quebec City to Victoriaville and Sherbrooke.
Forum: Touring
02-10-11, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By bullwinkle

Wind in Quebec

Hi all. I'm planning a loop tour this summer from Albany (NY) to Montreal, Quebec City, back south along the Connecticut River, and then west to Albany. The trip will take place in mid to late...
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